Exploratory study of interventions and challenges faced by indigenous NGOs supporting start-up businesses (established by young entrepreneurs) in Nigeria's Niger-Delta region.

Ejejigbe, Mackson Sheyi (2021) Exploratory study of interventions and challenges faced by indigenous NGOs supporting start-up businesses (established by young entrepreneurs) in Nigeria's Niger-Delta region. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

The interventions and contributions of indigenous NGOs in various sectors (Education, Health, Entrepreneurship/Business, Economy, Justice, and others) in Africa are visible for all to see. Over the years, International NGOs have partnered with Indigenous NGOs to bring succour to the downtrodden, empower youths with entrepreneurial skills, build the capacity of young people, promote peace, provide relief materials and boost the economic fortunes of people in rural communities, specifically in the Niger-Delta and across cities in Nigeria. The Non-Profit Sector in Nigeria is unique because of the daunting challenges Indigenous NGOs go through to execute their entrepreneurial support programmes and projects. The incessant kidnappings, vandalization, pollution and youth restiveness in the NigerDelta region were the main necessitating factors that gave birth to this research. The motivation behind this study is to exploratorily study how indigenous NGOs can use their entrepreneurial programmes and projects to engage the youths and support young entrepreneurs in Nigeria’s Niger-Delta region. This research was undertaken to critically review areas of intervention of indigenous NGOs supporting start-up businesses established by young entrepreneurs, highlight the challenges they faced and the outcomes of their entrepreneurial interventions in communities across the Niger-Delta. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and participants were drawn from seven (7) Indigenous NGOs (NGO-L, NGO-F, NGO-AL, NGO-D, NGO-AO, NGO-U and NGO-M) supporting young entrepreneurs. A Thematic Analytical Approach was used to analyse data collected with Nvivo software supporting the analysis of data. The theoretical framework that underpinned this research was anchored on the Stakeholders theory and the Evolutionary Theory of Business Growth. From reviewed literatures and findings of this research, it was discovered that indigenous NGOs supports young entrepreneurs through mentorship, provision of consultancy and branding services, awareness creation, marketing platforms and I.T facilities. Young entrepreneurs mostly cannot afford the services mentioned above. The selection criteria indigenous NGOs used to pick beneficiaries of their entrepreneurial programmes and challenges faced by indigenous NGOs and young entrepreneurs (i.e. Gap between knowledge and Application of knowledge, shortage of trainers and inability to pay them, Difficulty accessing coastal communities, resistance from youths in communities, corruption, slow assimilation pace, lack of market and Unstable Government Policies) were exploratorily discussed in this study. The researcher develops an App called the‘Youngo App’ to help Young Entrepreneurs and Indigenous NGOs tackle some challenges they faced daily. The findings of this study emphasised greatly on the need for collaboration and synergy between stakeholders in the Non-Profit Sector since Indigenous NGOs are commonly referred to as the hope of the masses in Africa, and they play a critical role in making life better for the masses. The need for indigenous NGOs and community engagements is pivotal to the successful execution of entrepreneurial interventions in the Niger Delta. Responses from participants of this study revealed that the activities and operations of indigenous and International NGOs must be regulated and monitored to align with international best practices.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Youths, Entrepreneurship, Indigenous, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Exploratory, Niger-Delta, Nigeria, Africa, Interventions, Support, Start-Ups, and Business.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Theses and Dissertations > Doctoral Theses
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 10:42
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 11:04
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1620

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